Corrective Exercise & Postural Assessment
Corrective Exercise can be best described as a systematic approach that leverages the understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. It is a technique used by clinicians and other health & fitness professionals to address and repair dysfunctional movement patterns compensations and muscle imbalances. Corrective exercise is imperative to an athlete who has been identified with muscle tightness, faulty movement patterns, incorrect posture and or balance issues.
One of the biggest misconceptions about corrective exercise is that there’s only one best way to teach everyone everything. The truth of the matter there are several different avenues of approach to get to the Mountain Top. Finding your best approach is paramount. Corrective exercise helps elicit the right muscles at the right time, so that a person is more likely to use them in his or her daily activities. This allows for movement to feel easier with more flexibility and increased strength. It has the distinct ability to naturally eliminate many aches and pains, which reduces ones’ need for pain-relieving medications, which ultimately reduces ones chances for being slated for joint surgeries. Corrective exercise offers incredible access to rejuvenate one’s vitality through movement. Corrective exercise will stabilize joints, increase mobility, and make the body stronger. It doesn’t matter if you are a power lifter, body builder, Olympic lifter, weekend warrior, swimmer, golfer, or retiree, corrective exercises should serve as a foundation to what you do in the gym regularly to keep your joints healthy, muscles supple, and pain levels down.
There are four main components to corrective exercise as described by the National Association for Sports Medicine (NASM). Think of them like spokes to a wheel. If a spoke is absent or broken the wheel doesn’t roll evenly. All the “spokes” must be present to allow for your “fastest time” or “best performance.” The “spokes” to the corrective exercise wheel are Inhibition, Lengthen, Activation, and Integration.